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Windows 8 Install (or Server 2012) Using Dual Boot to Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Video Walk-through of Installation Step-By-Step

Word Doc: Step-By-Step Guide 

1) Download Windows 8   =>  Links to Microsoft download page (

OR Download Windows 2012

2) Follow Step-By-Step Instructions to configure BIOS

Configure BIOS Before Installing Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

3) Press the <ENTER>to boot from DVD

4) Follow remaining steps in Video SmileHappy Installing!!!


Video 9.5 minutes



If you’re having trouble viewing the video, Click here to download it.

You will need the Windows 8/2012 Installation Key…
Windows 8 RP Key (from public download only): TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF
During the install, we will create the VHD that will be used for the Windows 8 Installation

SHIFT-F10 to open a command prompt window

Find installation drive (dir c:, dir d:, dir e:, etc)

Diskpart to open the Disk Partition Utility (the first four lines below are all the same command and must run on the same line; separated here to make it easier to read)

Create vdisk file=e:\BootDemo.vhd type=expandable maximum=40000

Attach vdisk


Then Refresh on the Windows Setup Screen

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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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